New hepatitis cure far too costly

A new cure for hepatitis C has given new hope, but its price is far too high, while a scheme to supply poor countries excludes Malaysia and other middle-income countries.

A CONTROVERSY is brewing over a new cure for hepatitis C because it is extremely expensive and patients in middle-income countries like Malaysia will find it way beyond their budget.

There are an estimated 400,000 Malaysians with hepatitis C, but this is probably a significant under-estimate since many people are not aware that they have the virus.

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